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Cengage Learning Field Sales Consultant in Des Moines, Iowa

Do you dare to reinvent the future of education?

At Cengage, we are harnessing the power of tech to build a future where all learners have the tools and confidence to achieve their goals. As a Cengage employee, you will blaze a new trail to transform the way people learn. Collaborating with the best of the best, you will feel challenged and inspired to do breakthrough work. With the support of our united team, there is no limit to what you can imagine, create and set in motion.

Are we right for you?

We set the bar higher by bringing our unique talents and point of view to the table every day. We are curious and comfortable with change and are willing to take risks to transform education. Most importantly, with everything we do, we put learning first.

The Gale Library Sales Consultant (Field Sales Representative) achieves financial targets through developing and maintaining sales of Gale electronic, print, and digital products to Academic libraries in the Western United States.

Flexibility to travel is essential as once pandemic restrictions are lifted, this role will require extensive travel throughout the territory, and some travel outside the territory for conferences. The ideal candidate resides within the territory, preferably close to a major airport.

What You’ll Do:

  • Create and implement sales plans, strategies, and tactics for the territory.

  • Plan and attend customer meetings, prioritize opportunities, and efficiently follow through all stages of the sales cycle to conclusion.

  • Maximize sales through identifying customers’ needs, matching Gale products to those needs, preparing and delivering sales presentations, writing proposals, and closing sales.

  • Manage territory pipeline and accurate monthly forecasts.

  • Represent Gale at key industry events such as conferences, exhibitions, and trade shows

  • Cultivate and maintain extensive product knowledge of a large and growing product list

  • Provide detailed sales reports and maintain customer and sales information via CRM systems

  • Utilize sales tools and technology as part of territory planning and sales process (tools include Tableau, Vidyard, Zoom, etc.)

  • Uncover opportunities and solicit information from academic librarians, subject librarians, academic teaching staff and researchers through effective questioning and listening

  • Work closely with the sales team and with other departments such as marketing, customer success, customer care, sales support, and product development by offering market feedback and intelligence

Skills You’ll Need:


  • Experience selling to and working with University and Community College libraries

  • College degree level with significant field sales experience - consistently hitting plan

  • A customer-focused attitude with a consultative approach to selling

  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to maintain relationships between key stakeholders such as academics and librarians

  • The ability to communicate with all levels of personnel both internally and externally

  • Flexibility to adapt sales approach to suit the customer and product

  • Strong organizational skills with an enthusiastic and self-motivated approach

  • Excellent written and presentation skills

  • Ability to absorb and maintain extensive product knowledge

  • Proficient MS Office skills


  • Field sales experience within the academic library market

  • Comfort with virtual selling and remote customer engagement

  • Experience of and confidence in negotiating large contracts

  • Good understanding of the world of academia

Cengage is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer. We do not discriminate based upon race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, veteran status, marital status, parental status, cultural background, organizational level, work styles, tenure and life experiences. Or for any other reason. You may view Cengage’s EEO/Affirmative Action Policy signed by CEO Michael Hansen ( and Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law notice ( by visiting their corresponding links.

Cengage is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities in our job application procedures. If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, you may contact us at or you may call us at +1 (617) 289-7917.

About Cengage

Cengage is the education and technology company built for learners. The company serves the higher education, K-12, professional, library and workforce training markets worldwide. Cengage creates learning experiences that build confidence and momentum toward the future students want. The company is headquartered in Boston, MA. Employees reside in nearly 40 countries with sales in more than 125 countries around the world. Visit us at or find us on Facebook or Twitter.


Cengage, an education technology company serving millions of learners in 165 countries and territories, advances the way students learn through quality, digital experiences. We serve the K-12, higher education, professional, library, English language teaching, and workforce training markets worldwide. We believe that through the power and joy of learning, students can enrich their lives and achieve their dreams – no matter their age, experience, abilities, or environment. Our industry-leading products and services make education more accessible and affordable, including Cengage Unlimited, the first-of-its-kind all-access digital subscription service. Visit us at find us on LinkedIn ( , Facebook, or Twitter (;!!MXVguWEtGgZw!aJM6MqVIQGDoWSYaJ6CU3EZyn3SnQfIs5kCHxkrWiy4_XmXapqpMK0qgZUq02AuBC1E$) .